Ne-Yo stepped out the studio to visit a New York City high school to serve as a principal for the day, VIBE reports. The Non-Fiction crooner stopped by to commend the High School for Fashion Industries, who won the Capital One Bank NYC College challenge by having the most students fill out their FAFSA applications, with 68 percent.
Ne-Yo’s stint as principal for day was in collaboration with GetSchooled, a non-profit organization that encourages college enrollment that has also brought celebs like ScHoolboy Q, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar to different HS classrooms.
“I have a slightly different microphone and I have to make sure people know this is an issue that needs to be reached,” he said about teaming up with GetSchooled.
Edward Montesdeoca, Capital One Bank’s Regional Executive, said that bringing stars into the academic setting helps communicate a valuable message to the students.
“It’s hip and it reaches the students that we want to reach, which are students that may doubt themselves at times because of either their grades, accessibility or affordability,” he said. “So it’s such a great program to reach the students that probably need it the most.”
Ne-Yo also performed “Miss Independent” during his visit.
Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore effort To Pimp A Butterfly has surpassed the 500,000 mark with 513,000 copies sold, according to Billboard. This week alone, the album sold 29,000 more copies. TPAB remains in the top 10 at number seven and is the seventh album to go gold this year.
TPAB hits the gold mark slightly a month after its release date was pushed up without any notice. It arrived to rave reviews and also set the record on Spotify for the most streams in a single day with 9.6 million streams worldwide. It also became the first album to hit no. 1 on the Billboard charts with the word “pimp” in the title.
Jay Z ‘s revamping of the Tidal streaming service put it up against some big competitors, mainly Spotify. They have been premiering exclusive content to reel in new users and subscribers but Hova has decided to go the extra mile. He has decided to personally call customers and thank them for using the streaming service.
“He called some of his fans and one of them made the funniest comment. He said ‘This is the best customer service call I’ve ever received!’,” Tidal executive Vania Schlogel told Business Insider. She went on to say that Jigga is “very deeply involved” and that “he works every day” on Tidal.
The musicians who have accounts on the site can access the contact information of customers who use the service and contact them personally. Musicians other than Jigga, like Jack White, have also contacted fans to show their appreciation.
Tidal currently services 35 countries with over 500,000 subscribers and has released exclusive music and videos from Rihanna, J. Cole and Jay himself. Nicki Minaj has also teased that she will be premiering something soon as well.
While in London, A$AP Rocky lost his cool. Apparently, a man threw things at Rocky’s car and he didn’t hesitate to confront him. In the video, Flacko is seen cursing the man out and asking him “Should I snuff you right now?” The Harlemnite didn’t throw any jabs though and walked away before he got violent.
On a brighter note, his sophomore album, At. Long. Last. A$AP drops May 12th.
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